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Stage and Screen Performance

NIDA’s Vocational Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is a foundation program that equips you with the skills you will need to perform in live and recorded works, and to collaborate with others in creating original works.

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

Applications for 2019 open July–September, 2018.

You will explore the multiplicity of roles, technologies and methodologies that exist within the theatre, film, television and digital industries.

Training is practical, with classes in acting techniques, performance genres and production practices. This course will put you centre stage and in front of the camera, giving you the tools to develop your own stories for stage and screen.

You will be taught by NIDA staff and guest tutors from the performing arts industry. The aim of this course is to equally develop your skills in acting and in creating original works for stage and screen.

This intensive year of practical study culminates in a showcase of work attended by invited guests.

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Auditions and how to apply


Audition/Interview requirements

All applicants must attend an audition/interview session.

Before the audition/interview session, prepare the following:

  • One short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length. You may choose an Australian or an international play.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

Due to the volume of auditions carried out, we are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the audition panel is final.

It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.

Audition/Interview process

During the session, you will:

  • Present ONE short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length
  • Participate in group improvisation
  • Work with others to develop and pitch a concept for an original theatrical work.

Tips for the day

  • Wear suitable clothing – any casual clothing that does not limit movement is acceptable
Selection of students

Selection criteria

We select applicants who:

  • Demonstrate skills in acting
  • Exhibit a capacity to collaborate 
  • Communicate effectively 
  • Respond to direction and feedback.


If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516


Vocational applications
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033


Course structure

Course dates and times 

2018 Course dates

In 2018 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus. Duration of the course is 5 February 2018–5 October 2018, 4 days per week, usually Tuesday to Friday, 9am–5pm.

Term 1

Monday 5 February–Friday 13 April 2018

Term 2

Monday 30 April–Friday 6 July 2018

Term 3

Monday 23 July–Friday 5 October 2018

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Course overview


The course 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance comprises the following units of competency:

  • CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
  • CUAACT401 Use a Range of Acting Techniques in Performance
  • CUAMPF602 Manage Stagecraft Aspects of Performance
  • CUAPPR502 Develop Own Sustainable Professional Practice
  • CUAPRF503 Prepare for Performances in a Competitive Environment
  • CUAWHS501 Maintain a High Level of Fitness for Performance 
  • DSSASC501 Apply Storytelling Conventions
  • DSSUPP502 Use Performance Practices to Develop a Production
  • DSSDWS503 Devise Works for Stage
  • DSSDWS504 Devise Works for Screen
  • DSSDAT505 Develop Acting Techniques for Screen
  • DSSADE506 Apply Design Elements for Stage
  • DSSADE507 Apply Design Elements for Screen
  • DSSUTP508 Use Technology in Performance

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

This vocational course provides students with knowledge and skills to perform the following functions associated with the entertainment arts:

  • Performer, able to interpret scripts; build, present and sustain characters; and collaborate with others to create live performance, screen and media productions.
  • Deviser, able to originate and develop characters, situations and stories for live performance, screen and media productions.


As a graduate of the Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance you have the performance skills and theory knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including television, film, theatre and radio.

Potential careers
  • Performer – stage and screen
  • Deviser/writer – original stage and screen works


Tuition fees for 2018 for Vocational Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

Tuition fees for 2018: $16,000.

Schedule of VET tuition fees 2018 for the Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

The Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is only open to domestic students. Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Access to VET Student Loans is not available to students in this course. This is a full fee paying course.

Read more about NIDA's Director of Vocational Studies Mark Gaal

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